June 29, 2016
The day started bright and early for a staff motor over from Norman island to the Indians for a project REEF snorkel. The Soxtrot students all enjoyed a great lesson on fish form and function. The Sierra students were so interested that they sat through an extra lesson on basic fish physiology. Everyone grabbed their snorkel buddies and dove into the water to circle the Indians.
Project REEF slates and fish ID cards in hand, our eager snorkel group identified fish and quizzed the staff with streams of questions about fish, invertebrates and corals. After the snorkel, everyone returned back to their respective boats and started a deep clean of the boat. Everyone worked together like a well oiled machine to scrub the boat top to bottom, inside and out, and then we took off for Nanny Cay Marina.
During our sail, the campers learned how to tack a catamaran as well as the different points of sail. Everyone seemed to really pick up on these lessons and we tacked almost flawlessly during the sail. We dropped our sails and headed into the marina right before lunch. The docking was silky smooth, executed by a couple of first time skippers! After the boats were secured, a final sweep of the boat was done in order to ensure we would pass our Program Director’s cleaning inspection. We passed with flying colors and cell phones were handed out to call home and check all social medias.
Soxtrot students spent the afternoon close to their phones but also exploring the shops and beach of the marina. Several ice creams and souvenir t shirts were purchased by giddy campers walking around the docks. Everyone returned to boats for dinner and the divers went off on their first night dive of the program! The night divers returned a little before 9p.m. and couldn’t wait to tell us about all the awesome things they had seen. Both boats had a quick boat meeting and then sent their night divers off to enjoy the much anticipated air conditioned showers of the marina. When everyone was back on boats, they all sprawled out in their usual sleeping areas and settled in for the night. It was a great (and hot) day at Nanny Cay!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.